Ozeri Green Earth Wok – Review

The Green Earth 12″ Wok from Ozeri is a stylish piece of kitchen equipment that looks high quality when you see it.  If feels well built, strong and has a smooth ceramic non stick coating on the inside.  I love the rich lime green colour on the outside, it certainly brightens up the kitchen a bit.

ozeriIt’s key features are:

  • Utilizes an ultra-safe ceramic coating derived from nature which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free.
  • Delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Features a scratch-resistant 100% ceramic coating as found in nature (no heavy metals or chemicals) that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge pure aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant Bakelight handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

ozeri 3Although sturdy, I didn’t find this too heavy to use.  The non stick interior is the selling point of this wok and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  I was actually surprised at how well it worked and absolutely nothing remotely stuck to it at all.  I cooked a stir fry which just slid around the base of the wok with complete ease, making it a joy to cook with.  The wok holds a lot of heat, so you don’t need to have the temperature too high, you can turn it down a bit with this and it still cooks fast and efficiently.

ozeri 2The wok also comes with a protective layer that you can put inside when storing to ensure the non stick interior doesn’t get damaged when stacking up several pots and pans at once.  I can honesly say this is the best quality wok I’ve used, it really does have non stick power and best of all, it requires little effort washing up as everything just slides off.

ozeri 4Happy to say I will using this wok regularly to cook evening dinners with, when something is simple to use and clean, then it makes it something you want to get out and use more often.  The Ozeri Green Earth products all have the same high quality, see the Green Earth frying pan that we reviewed a couple of years ago, and it’s still going strong!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the wok in order to write the review.

Bugs in the Kitchen Game from Ravensburger

Bugs in the Kitchen from Ravensburger is a fun, exciting, fast paced game where the momentum never stops until the Hexbug is caught in one of the four traps at the edge of the board.

bugsThe game is aimed at ages 6+ and can have from 2 to 4 players.  Inside the box is the game board and a couple of bags of pieces which require assembly to complete the board ready for play, but it’s simple and once done, fits back in the box fully assembled ready for the next time you play.

The board consists of the main part where the action happens, which has moveable cutlery pieces and four traps at the edges, a chocolate, fish, bread and cheese trap.  There is a wooden dice and the highlight of the game, a Hexbug cockroach!!

bugs 1The Hexbug comes with battery included and my children were both eager to take it out of it’s tube and watch it scuttle, but being a mean mum I made them wait until we were ready to begin.  There were also a sheet of high quality cardboard cockroach token’s that needed punching out and these are the reward if the cockroach landed in your trap.

hexbugSo as you’ve gathered by now, the object of the game is for the Hexbug cockroach to land in your trap, which results in you getting a token, and after you have won five of these tokens you are declared the winner.  The board is set up as a maze with three suggested patterns to start as shown below by simply turning the cutlery accordingly.

bugs 2The game play is for players to take turns to roll the dice.  The dice is wooden and a lovely chunky size with symbols on the sides to include a knife, fork, spoon and question marks.  If you roll a piece of cutlery you must turn the relevant piece, although if you roll a question mark you can turn any piece of cutlery of your choice.  The idea is to turn pieces of cutlery to allow the Hexbug to reach your trap by turning the necessary pieces of cutlery to allow it through!

It’s like a Hexbug maze and the noise of the Hexbug scuttling around just drives the children crazy with excitement!!  Just check out this video clip of the game in action:

They are so eager to get the Hexbug in to their trap that this game is fast paced and causes a frenzy of excitement.  It is perfect for family fun and we’ve all sat and played it which has proved great entertainment for us all at any age.  Obviously there is some strategy needed to turn the correct cutlery to open the maze up for the Hexbug to go in the direction you want, but my youngest who’s four and a half managed this quite well and loved playing just as much as my seven year old.

bugs kidsThis game has proved a great hit with us, and one they love to show their friends, and even got the grandparents playing!  For some energetic, interactive board game fun, then Bugs in the Kitchen is the game to get!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the products in order to write the review.

e-cloth General Purpose and Kitchen Cloths – Review

With a busy household and two messy children to clean up after, I’m always on the look out for ways to make it easier and quicker.  I’d heard of e-cloths but never tried them before, always a little sceptical at the concept of just using water rather than adding cleaning products.  I was sent the general purpose e-cloth and the kitchen cleaning e-cloth packs to try out.

e-clothThe Kitchen pack consists of two cloths, a highly absorbent cleaning cloth for surfaces and appliances, and a glass & polishing cloth.  The cleaning cloth is really thick and soft with an additional scouring pocket on one side which is really useful for putting your fingers in to scrub stubborn marks.  I have to say I was really impressed with the amount of dirt and crumbs the cleaning cloth picked up in one wipe.  In particular with my two little messy eaters, I can often find a table full of toast or Weetabix crumbs which take several wipes to gather up the bits, but the e-cloth just picked up every last bit in one wipe, meaning I could clean up a lot quicker.  This being the same for spills too, the cloth is so absorbent I could mop up a spill a lot quicker, and believe me we get spills daily in this house!

I like the addition of the buffing cloth, to give things an extra shine, which I found useful on my oven, hob, extractor fan, and taps – a quick, easy way to finish things off and leave the kitchen looking really clean!

e cloth 2The general purpose cloth is much like the kitchen cloth in it’s soft, thick quality and high absorbency.  What I like is that the cloths are colour coded and labeled so you can ensure you keep the same cloths to the same areas and not mix a kitchen surface cloth with somewhere a little dirtier.  I have used the general use cloth to clean windowsills, they absorb a lot of the morning condensation that we get on ours in this cold weather as well as dirty marks on door frames and just generally around the house.

The e-cloths have definitely made a change from the normal cloths I use, an improvement that definitely makes housework quicker and easier.  An added bonus is that these cloths can be washed upto 300 times meaning that they last a lot longer than a sponge cloth too!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the cloths in order to write the review.